Reddick Bryan was my great-great grandfather. I began this timeline in 1999, soon after contacting Dennis Bryant, an avid Bryant/Bryan researcher from Georgia, who found Reddick in Martin County, North Carolina. The following quote was found in a letter written by Dennis to Larry Martin, a great-grandson of Reddick Bryan.

There is a small hamlet today in Martin County, North Carolina that is called Oak City. It's in the upper end of the county near the Roanoke River. The present name only dates back to l905, but settlers began arriving in that vicinity soon after l700, when it was a part of Chowan Precinct. The county name of this area changed over the years to Bertie County, then Edgecombe County, then Halifax County. In l774, the name became, and has remained, Martin County. Bryans were in the area at least by l749. They were among the earliest settlers in present day Martin County and they acquired many acres of what is still recognized as the best land in the county.

In this blog, you will find posts about this family in chronological order; beginning at the year of Reddick Bryan's birth in 1793.

The Photographs

These photographs of Reddick and Elizabeth Regan Bryan can be seen in more than 100 Public Family Trees at and at countless web pages on the Internet. The original photos are in a family Bible that belonged to Terrell Bryan, son of Reddick and Elizabeth, and is currently in my possession. Look closely at the photographs - Reddick is holding a crop of some kind and Elizabeth is holding glasses. 

The photographs were taken between the late 1850s and 1864, the year of Reddick's death. On the back of each, the following is written:

E.W. Mealy's 
Photograph Gallery, 
Monroe, Louisiana

Duplicates of this can be had at any time. 

These are CDVs (Cartes de visite), not tintypes, which were widely available in the United States by 1859. I know that one other Bryan descendant has original copies of these photographs and it would be interesting to know if others have survived. 

Imagine how surprised Reddick and Elizabeth would be to know that these have been copied by hundreds of persons and viewed by thousands around the world.


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